Policelli said of Smith: “He had the courage to follow the law. A lot of judges at that level don’t have the courage to follow the law.”
Muehl had recused himself from handling the harassment case against the Pacherille brothers, citing the fact Anthony Pacherille Sr. had signaled he planned to file a civil suit against him. The prosecution of the case was being overseen by the Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride.
Earlier this month, the state Appellate Division upheld Anthony Pacherille Jr.’s prison sentence. Policelli, who has also represented the younger Pacherille, said while he believes the state’s highest court would consider reviewing the decision, said his client “has no faith in the criminal justice system whatsoever” and has chosen not to submit further appeals.